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House Democrats Cut Their Own Throats in Vote Over the Fairness Doctrine

Reported by Melanie - July 1, 2007 -

Fairness Doctrine hammered 309-115.

Fox, in its typical scare-tactic way of exaggerating things, has been railing against reconsidering the Fairness Doctrine for weeks now, claiming that reinstituting it, and/or some of its provisions, would mean that the government would be in charge of things like hiring and firing talk show hosts. But, alas, it looks like Fox doesn't have much to worry about.

Democrats on Capitol Hill obviously don't understand how conservative talk radio and the likes of Fox News influence our national discourse. They fear taking a stand on say, pulling the troops out of Iraq because they'll, "be made to look like they don't support the troops," but they don't get that people like Rush, Caplis, Hannity, and Boortz (I could go on and on) are the very people who spin it that way. Hello!

They don't get it. For example, here's what Democrat David Obey (D-WI) said,

“We ought to let right-wing talk radio go on as they do now. Rush and Sean are just about as important in the scheme of things as Paris Hilton, and I would hate to see them gain an ounce of credibility by being forced by a government agency or anybody else to moderate their views enough that they might become modestly influential or respected.”

Does Obey live on Mars? I'd say that in radioland, Rush and Sean and their ilk are already far more than "modestly influential."